Saturday, April 23, 2011
Kosmaj Partisan Memorial - from Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers book "Spomenik: The End of History"
Willem Jan Neutelings, quoted from this book: "The Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers undertook a laborious trek through the Balkans in order to photograph a series of these mysterious objects. He captures the Spomeniks in the misty mountain landscape at sundown. Looking at the photographs one must admit to a certain embarrassment. We see the powerful beauty of the monumental sculptures and we catch ourselves forgetting the victims in whose name they were built. This is in no way a reproach to the photographer, but rather attests to the strength of the images. After all, Kempenaers did not set out as a documentary photographer, but first and foremost as an artist seeking to create a new image. An image so powerful that it engulfs the viewer. He allows the viewer to enjoy the melancholy beauty of the Spomeniks, but in so doing, forces us to take a position on a social issue."
Situated at the top of Kosmaj, a mountain south of Belgrade, the monument is dedicated to the soldiers of the "Kosmaj Partisan detachment" from World War II.
Some more images of Kosmaj Monument by ~daca-rajkich: